Southern Steam in London – Brixton, Clapham and Wandsworth Road in the 50s

Five minutes and twenty seconds of pure Southern joy in South London in the 1950s. A) Brixton in the 1950s 1) A Maunsell 4-4-0 (either an E1, D1 or L1 class) rounding the curve at Loughborough Junction. 2) A Maunsell ‘N’ Class 2-6-0 and an ex-LBSC E2 Class 0-6-0T run light towards Herne Hill. 3) An electric train with a Maunsell 4-LAV unit at the front. 5) An ex-LMS Fowler designed 2-6-2T with a single parcels van, having entered Southern metals via the ex-Metropolitan Railway ‘widened lines’ at Snow Hill. 6) A Bulleid BoB ‘Battle of Britain’ Class pacific. 7) Another ‘N’ Class mogul on a train of green Maunsell coaching stock. B) Clapham in the 1950s; originally called “Clapham and North Stockwell” this station on the South London Line was renamed Clapham High Street in 1989. 1) A Bulleid 4-SUB of the later all-steel variety. 2) A Maunsell ‘Q’ class 0-6-0 on an empty stock train consisting of 8 Maunsell coaches and a Bulleid at the rear. 3) A Bulleid BoB ‘Battle of Britain’ Class 4-6-2 on a Ramsgate service which includes a brace of Pullman cars 4) One of Maunsell’s ‘W’ Class 2-6-4T heavy tank engines on one of the cross-London freight services for which they were designed. 5) 4-SUB units pass to reveal another Maunsell ‘W’ on a lengthy cross-London freight service. 6) BR Standard Class 7MT ‘Britannia’ Class 4-6-2 No.70004 ‘William Shakespeare’ on The Golden Arrow. 7) A Maunsell ‘N’ Class 2-6-0 on a train consisting of a 3-car ex-SECR ‘Birdcage’ set, three BR Mk1s and
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